James' WC fitness pledge
Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is determined to remain fit in a bid to secure his England place at the World Cup.
Last Updated: 07/04/10 3:06pm
Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is determined to remain fit for the remainder of the season in a bid to secure his place in the England side for the World Cup.
James' season has been hampered by injury and his latest setback came in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at the end of March, where the shot-stopper had to be replaced by Jamie Ashdown in the closing stages.
The calf injury kept him out of the 0-0 draw with Blackburn, although the veteran keeper is in contention to get the nod for Sunday's FA Cup final semi-final with Harry Redknapp's side at Wembley.
But James must hold onto his place in Avram Grant's team for the remainder of the season in a bid to convince England boss manager Fabio Capello he is the first choice goalkeeper for the June showpiece.
A horrible error in the recent 5-0 loss to Chelsea did not help James' chances of impressing Capello, particularly with the likes of Robert Green and Joe Hart vying for their compatriot's jersey.
And while the former Liverpool man insisted his first priority is helping Pompey overcome Spurs at the weekend, he admitted he needs to maintain both fitness and form to remain England's preferred custodian.
"Of course, I want to be in the World Cup and ideally (the situation) is to be the number one there," the 39-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"But the situation is focussing on Sunday and having missed the game on Saturday through injury, it's important that, not just Sunday, from here on in, I have to make sure I'm doing the right stuff and don't have any breakdowns."